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Frank Hutchison-K. C. Blues

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Frank Hutchison-K. C. Blues


Published July 9, 1929


Recorded on July 9, 1929 in New York City. Charles K. Wolfe describes Hutchison as "[t]he first real white bluesman to record." Frank Hutchison learned his craft from black miners in the Logan County, West Virginia area.


1 - K.C. Blues
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Source 78rpm>CD>MP3
Run time 3:04

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Reviewer: sabinelr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2013
Subject: This is the ultimate guitar solo
I can't even play guitar (I could maybe learn), but when I hear this, I hear the motherlode of guitar performing. John Fahey appropriated this. This is one of the early "Steel Guitar Rag" prototypes. I listen to this and marvel. This is up there with Railroad Blues and Blind Blake's output for the lack of serious imitators. I can't get tired of hearing this. Listen and learn.
Reviewer: Othar Turner - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2009
Subject: I relate
I was looking for solice STILL attempting K.C. Blues (how many years now?) I relate so much, so i won't bother repeating. I knew John Hammond when he toured with JLH.. greatest guy and plays black. I slow down K.C. Blues about 60 % or more and there is so much happening and as you pointed out, tempo changes in odd places, I been doing some banjo and I wouldn't be surprised if he grew up around banjo, if that helps, he's got some eccentric "banjo rolls" going on while he's thumb plunking out the base line while he's plunken out the base line ahead of the last banjo rolls. Almost as if he's out of control but all facets of this tune are perfect
Reviewer: johnorford - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2008
Subject: the name is . . .
The name is Hutchison, no n before the s please. The story goes that his store burned down and he became depressed and went to the bottle. "Just gettin' right on good red liquor" he says in this song. He died, probably of cirrhosis, before he was fifty. Fine slide guitar with eccentric rhythm.
Reviewer: R.L.Burnside - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2008
Subject: Frank hutchison .. unattainable chops?
I am so very happy to vent here about my years of trying to emulate Frank Hutchison.. To most I am really rollin along.. WOW but to a musician familiar to Hutchisons bass line, finger style and slide, such as sometimes running a tad early sometimes a tad late with his low end which creates this controlled chaos of virtuoso playing. Once upon a time I was rather smug about my chops, got Robert Johnson down with the help of John Hammond, (I mean acceptable0 Jon Lee Hookers early electric, Robert Nighthawk, Jessie mae Hemphill, fred McDowell.. on and on.. then of all things two white dude, Hutchinson and Mike Bloomfield caught my attention (Bloomfield solo) so now after running thru my gig catalog, I do the Hutchinson deal... mind you, I'm not trying to even sound like him, just trying to catch that frantic yet casual style, no I'm a B-, if I live to be 100 maybe that will improve to a B, thanks for reading this, I feel a little better for expressing my efforts, one thing is for sure, listening to him playing, sometimes a humorous feeling within, sometimes he's off to the races, well its all good except the record company driving him away because they insisted he play only country, he opened a hardware store I think in the mid west and died fairly young.. about 10 more albums would have been a gift, in my opinion, Hutchinson, John Hammond and sometimes a solo Mike Bloomfield catch that intangible sound of the old blues.
Reviewer: WolfieLupo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2008
Subject: Frank Hutchinson!
This guy is the best. There's something kind of fascinating about the way he uses the low notes on the guitar... and the recording quality is flawless. Download away!
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